Rice and shine

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RICE is the most im­por­tant sta­ple food for a large part of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. It is also the grain with the sec­ond­high­est world­wide pro­duc­tion af­ter maize (corn).

What do Starchild read­ers have to tell us about Rice?

“My fam­ily eats rice ev­ery day, mostly fra­grant rice. We usu­ally eat rice with veg­eta­bles, fish, prawns or chicken for lunch or din­ner. Some­times we eat fried rice in­stead of white rice. My grand­fa­ther is the only one in the fam­ily who likes to eat rice por­ridge,” writes Lau­ryn Tan Zi Yi, seven. She adds that the In­di­ans and Malays like to eat briyani rice, while the Chi­nese are fond of bak chang (gluti­nous rice dumplings).

Kuhan Lim Hean Teck, five, loves his grand­mother’s rice por­ridge. “It’s the best!” he raves. “It has car­rots, broc­coli, buck­wheat, mil­let and toma­toes. It’s sim­ply de­li­cious and full of vi­ta­mins!”

Ash­ley Cheah Zi Yen, five, says: “Farm­ers grow rice in the fields. We buy rice and cook them to eat. I like to eat rice ev­ery day.”

Daniella Yeo Wei Ling, six, writes: “I love to eat rice in the af­ter­noon. Rice is healthy for me and you. It also gives us en­ergy and makes us strong.”

“Rice is my favourite food. I have it ev­ery­day for lunch. It tastes so nice with dishes,” says Kayleigh Anna Mari­aMaria, seven.

Thomas Hu­ber­tus Mar­i­nusMar­i­nus, six, sends a draw­ing of him and his sis­ter hav­ing a party. The spread in­cludes rice with var­i­ous ac­com­pa­ny­ing dishes. Thanusha Si­vaSiva, 10, says nasi lemak is a tra­di­tional Malay food and Malaysians love it! “I love to eat nasi lemak very much,” she writes.

Sean Kieren Yeo Wei YenYen, nine, likes to eat the nasi lemak sold in his school can­teen. “I like the rice is in­grained in the culi­nary tra­di­tion of dif­fer­ent cul­tures around the world. peanuts, sam­bal and fra­grant rice. Some­times the can­teen op­er­a­tor gives me a lot of rice; some­times I get very lit­tle rice.”

Truva Siva, , seven, writes: “My mother, sis­ter and I love nasi lemak!”

While rice is usu­ally cooked and eaten, some peo­ple use raw rice for dec-dec­o­ra­tion. Ran­goli, aa tra­di­tional dec­o­ra­tive folk art of In­dia, refers to dec­o­ra­tive de­signs made on the floor of liv­ing rooms and court­yards dur­ing Hindu fes­ti­vals. They are drawn to mark sa­cred wel­com­ing ar­eas for the Hindu deities and are deemed to bring good luck.

Vys­nawy Thi­a­gara­jan, eight, wants to make a ran­goli in front of his house.

“My mother will draw a pic­ture and I will help her to fill in the drawn ar­eas with coloured rice. We will do it on spe­cial oc­ca­sions like wed­dings, Deep­avali and on prayer days. My favourite draw­ing is that of a pea­cock.”

Thanu Jee­van Ku­mar, nine, tells us that the In­di­ans have ko­lam (an­other word for ran­goli in Tamil Nadu, In­dia) in front of their house dur­ing fes­ti­vals such as Deep­avali and Pong­gal (In­dian rice har­vest fes­ti­val). Even shop­ping malls use ko­lam as at­trac­tive dec­o­ra­tions.

He de­scribes how to make a ko­lam: “Colour the rice with food colour­ing. Bright colours can be used to dye the rice grains and then spread the coloured rice grains to dry for a day or two.

“De­sign your ko­lam and draw it on the floor. Place the coloured rice grains in the form of a pat­tern on the de­sign.” – Com­piled byMa­jorieChiew ITEM: As Christ­mas day draws near, the Christ­mas tree is brought out from the store room and given a new lease of life. What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a fish and a pi­ano? Why shouldn’t you be­lieve a per­son in bed?

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